.comment-link {margin-left:.6em;}

Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Thursday, August 03, 2006


Joel Mc Crea

JOEL MC CREA (1905-1990), born Joel Albert Mc Crea, was a rarity in Hollywood. He and wife Frances Dee were married for 57 years. He was a popular leading man in Westerns and contemporary films, never giving a bad performance.

Buffalo Bill (1944)
Haven't you seen Buffalo Bill (1944)? Mc Crae was inspired casting for this biographical film of the great Western scout and showman.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

Sullivan's Travels (1941) One of Preston Sturges's best films. Mc Crae plays Sullivan, a director of escapist films, who travels as a hobo to learn about life. He encounters some real surprises along the way.
Foreign Correspondent (1940) Hitchcock takes on the Nazis and defies expectations be casting lovable Edmund Gwenn as an assassin. Mc Crae delivers his usual professional performance.
Union Pacific (1939) Mc Crae stars in De Mille's epic tale of building the Transcontinental Railroad. Great fun.
The Most Dangerous Game (1932) Utilizing the jungle sets for "King Kong", RKO filmed this great version of the classic short story. Fay Wray, taking a break from dealing with a 50-foot gorilla, is the love interest. Leslie Banks is the hunter Count Zaroff, in search of the most dangerous game; man.

*Contributed by: "Eric Jamborsky" Date: Fri, Jul 21 2006 / 10:07:41 PST

Autographed still provided by: Eric Jamborsky
Inscription reads:
To Eric -
Joel Mc Crea